Fishing in the Pristine Waters of Clearwater
The Clearwater River is located in North Central Idaho, flowing westward from the Idaho-Montana border and joining the Snake River at Lewiston. True to its name, it is a pristine river unsoiled by pollution. Because of its preserved beauty and ideally remote characteristic, the river offers excellent opportunities in recreational activities from wilderness camping to canoeing and fishing.
It is a vast river favored for spring salmon fishing. The steelhead, trout, bass, northern pike, walleye and arctic grayling are also popular catches when angling in this area. Angling is a method of fishing by hook and line.
The Clearwater River divides at two forks: the North Fork and the Middle Fork. Anglers can catch trout and a variety of fish at the North Fork, but they have to abide by Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) regulations since there are a few rules on wild trout limits and catch-and-release fishing. The Middle Fork presents anglers with easier access to naturally-reproducing fish, like the cutthroat trout, in a few streams.
There are also a number of waters for family fishing in the Clearwater region stocked with the following fish species: perch, rainbow trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, bullhead catfish and sunfish.
Family fishing sites:
Campbell’s Pond- This pond offers a collection of trout, bass and sunfish in the spring and early summer.
Deer Creek Reservoir- Trout are plentiful in this lake in the spring, early summer and fall. It is a good place to fish throughout the year.
Fenn Pond- This pond is also stocked with trout in the spring and early summer.
Moose Creek Reservoir- Trout are also ample in this reservoir during the spring, early summer and fall. Bass, sunfish, crappie and the bullhead catfish are common catches throughout the year.
Spring Valley Reservoir- The reservoir is packed with trout in the spring, early summer and fall. Bass and sunfish are common throughout the year.
Red River Pond- The pond is stocked with trout in the spring and early summer.
Winchester Lake- This lake is also abundant with trout in the spring, early summer and fall. Bass, sunfish, catfish, crappie and perch provide anglers with fine catches throughout the year.
These fishing areas also have boat ramps, fishing docks, toilets, picnic tables and places for camping. Some of them also offer accessibility and comfort for handicapped people in wheelchairs who wish to enjoy fishing in the Clearwater River.